Maggie's

New to me: there’s a foundation called Maggie’s in the UK that builds beautiful buildings next to hospitals, and provides emotional support for cancer patients. There...

Business Cards

After more than a few years being ‘out’ of our old business cards, we’ve finally got some new ones at Brand New Box. BNB...

37

Today I’m 37. I’m pretty cool with this, despite my many jokes about death’s unstoppable pursuit. I told everybody there was no need to make...

The Oriental Institute

Today in Chicago I convinced Felix, Brad and Elliot to come with me to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. I’d never been,...

Chicago Thanksgiving

Like the last couple of years, we skipped the official Thanksgiving dinner in St. Louis and drove up to Chicago to hang out with Brad...

In the Midnight Garden

This beautiful installation by Jennifer Angus was called In the Midnight Garden. It was at the Smithsonian. (!) Jennifer Angus 2

Pie Night

In the Kirkland family, we don’t have very many serious traditions. Sure, we do a lot of things related to the holidays, and we’re pretty consistent about it. But there’s...

Launch

After a ton of thinking about it and very little doing about it, I’ve relaunched this little version of a blog - started in 2008! - as a static site,...

Halloween 2017

This year for Halloween the kids chose Harry Potter-themed costumes. We’ve been reading thru the series this fall, and the third book was a...

Eclipse

I’ve had the August 21 total eclipse on my calendar for four years; I’ve never experienced one that I could remember, and definitely wasn’t...